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25 Most Influential Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Just last week the website, The Next Web published a post called, “The 25 Most Influential People Tweeting About Entrepreneurship”.  While I enjoyed the reading the list, I was a little discouraged by the fact that only 1 woman made the list.

With women starting new businesses at twice the rate of men, and with women dominating the social media realm, I knew that there was no shortage of women tweeting about entrepreneurship.

So instead of sitting back and letting all the guys get all of the glory, I took it upon myself to create a list of the 25 Most Influential WOMEN Tweeting About Entrepreneurship.

To create this list, I used Peer Index as the measure to determine which women were most influential. To be considered for the list, women must have a Peer Index score of 55 or higher. Women are in random order.

25 most influential women tweeting about entrepreneurship and business – enjoy.

Melinda Emerson: Author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months” and host of #smallbizchat on Twitter.

Peer Index Score: 65

Twitter: @SmallBizLady

Anita Campbell: CEO of Small Biz Trends, an online community for small business owners.

Peer Index Score: 67

Twitter: @smallbiztrends

Kelly Scanlon: Publisher of Thinking Bigger, an online business publication for providing news, insights and tips for entrepreneurs.

Peer Index Score: 61

Twitter: @IThinkBigger

Elena Verlee: Serial entrepreneur, Elena shares her in depth knowledge of how to use PR to catapult your business in a major success.

Peer Index Score: 55

Twitter: @elenaverlee

Natalie Sisson: Known as the Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie shares her adventures as an entrepreneur and teaches others how to run their business from anywhere using online tools and social media.

Peer Index Score: 59

Twitter: @womanzworld

Donna Maria Coles Johnson: Business coach, speaker and trainer, Donna Maria teaches entrepreneurs how to use new media to help them build their sphere of influence.

Peer Index Score: 55

Twitter:  @INDIEbusiness

A. Michelle Blakeley: Founder of Simplicity Mastered, Blakeley empowers small business owners by employing micro business therapy techniques.

Peer Index Score: 55

Twitter: @simplicityinc

Natalie MacNeil: Entrepreneurs and Founder of the award winning blog, She Takes on the World. Natalie empowers and inspires women to create their own careers.

Peer Index Score: 55

Twitter: @nataliemacneil

Melissa Stewart: Entrepreneur and Founder of She Owns It, a blog dedicated to empowering women to write their own success stories.

Peer Index Score: 67

Twitter: @melissaonline

Ali Brown: Known as an entrepreneurial guru for women, Ali coaches, speaks and is the brains behind Shine, the premier conference for women entrepreneurs.

Peer Index Score: 56

Twitter: @AliBrown

Pamela Slim: Author of Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pam encourages people to pursue their passions.

Peer Index Score: 59

Twitter: @pamslim

Alexandra Levit: Author of numerous business and career books, Alexandra helps women find meaningful jobs quickly and simply.

Peer Index Score: 57

Twitter: @alevit

Lara Galloway: Known as the Mom Biz Coach, Lara has solutions for busy mom entrepreneurs.

Peer Index Score: 68

Twitter: @mombizcoach

Sarah Robinson: Entrepreneur and blogger over at Escaping Mediocrity. Sarah shares ideas, thoughts and strategies for real life businesses.

Peer Index Score:  60

Twitter:  @SarahRobinson

Nina Kaufman: Small business attorney, Nina helps entrepreneurs make sense of legal “mumbo-jumbo” through services, resources and courses.

Peer Index Score: 55

Twitter: @NinaKaufman

Kathy Meyer: Mom entrepreneur, Kathy is a social media and technology enthusiast.

Peer Index Score: 70

Twitter: @2cre8

Linda Hughes: Entrepreneur, helping others succeed through mentoring, connections, funding solutions and resources.

Peer Index Score: 60

Twitter: @iempoweru

Cindy Ratzlaff: Social media strategist, brand evangelist, author and publishing insider, Cindy helps clients create a buzz around their business.

Peer Index Score: 63

Twitter: @BrandYou

Nikki Pilkington: Social media and SEO specialist helping small business owners achieve their goals.

Peer Index Score: 58

Twitter: @nikkipilkington

Allyson Kapin: Founder of Women Who Tech, Allyson provides a supportive network for women who are involved in the technology field.

Peer Index Score: 57

Twitter:  @womenwhotech

Tara Hunt: Author of The Whuffie Factor, Tara teaches entrepreneurs how to use the power of social networks to build their businesses.

Peer Index Score: 67

Twitter: @missrogue

Erica Diamond: Award winning entrepreneur, Erica inspires women to get off the fence and start living their dream.

Peer Index Score: 58

Twitter: @WomenOnTheFence

Abbey Fatica: CEO and Founder of Living My MoMent, Abbey provides advertising and social media solutions for mom and dad owned businesses.

Peer Index Score: 56

Twitter: @LivingMyMoMent

Dr. Shannon Reece: Sports psychologist and competitive athlete, Shannon trains women entrepreneurs to leverage their unique strengths to create successful and competitive business.

Peer Index Score: 57

Twitter: @drshannonreece

Becky McCray: Small town entrepreneur and Founder of the award winning blog, Small Biz Survival.

Peer Index Score: 60

Twitter: @BeckyMcCray

I know there are many influential women who are tweeting about entrepreneurship who did not make the list, so feel free to share your favorites.

If you’d like to check out your online influence, just head on over to Peer Index and see where you land on the continuum.

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41 Responses to “25 Most Influential Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship”

  1. 1

    Wow!! So honored to be in such amazing company!! Thank you. :-)

  2. 2

    Wow, this list is fabulous!!! I’ve already checked out quite a few on the list and am not sure where to stop. I’ve bookmarked this already and will come back again and again!

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    Abbey F. says:

    That’s an awesome list. Thanks so much for including me! :)

  4. 4
    Jan - Women Business Owners {WBO} Cafe says:

    What a great list of influential, entrepreneurial women! Thanks for sharing, Holly!

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    Kelly Scanlon says:

    What an honor to be included on this list – thanks very much for spreading the word!

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    Natalie Sisson says:

    I’m just super excited you took the initiative to showcase these fab women and that we actually have a peer index ranking to prove that we live and breathe entrepreneurship. How cool is that. Love it thanks a ton Holly.

    Now I must get my next Top 20 Women on Twitter list into action again. You’ve inspired me.


  7. 7

    Wow! I am so honored to appear on this list. Thank you for including me with such amazing women. ;)

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    Tara Hunt says:

    Hi there!

    Thanks for including me in the list (HUGE honor!)…but small correction. Although I *am* the author of the Whuffie Factor, that was several years ago. I’m actually an entrepreneur myself and CEO of startup So when I tweet, I don’t actually tweet with advice for building business for your startup. I usually tweet with great frustration over raising money, what it takes to focus on building a product and the heartbreaks and elation that comes with being an entrepreneur.

  9. 9

    Holly, I feel so honored to be included on a list of the many women I admire, and work to emulate. Thank you! What a great surprise to end my day and make my week at the same time. :)

  10. 10

    What an ABSOLUTE treat and honor, Holly! I am grateful to be among some of my “twitter idols.” – wink.

    I appreciate you taking the time to showcase the value women provide in the business world every single DAY! KUDOS to everyone listed!

    All the best,

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    Lara Galloway says:


    Thank you so much for including me on this list. I am honored and I’m also excited since you are introducing me to several women I don’t know yet. I’ll be sure to follow all of them on twitter. I believe the work we’re all doing together as women entrepreneurs is making this world a better place!

    Thank you so much for bringing attention to the women!

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    Melinda Emerson "SmallBizLady" says:


    You rock this is a great list and I am honored to be among these stellar women business leaders. Thank you for acknowledging my work.

    Melinda F. Emerson

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    Thank you so much for including me Holly. You are such a fabulous voice for women yourself and I’m glad I got to meet you in California last year!

    For more amazing women entrepreneurs to follow, check out Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter.

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    Kathy Meyer says:

    Hi Holly – WOW! I’m so honored to be on this amazing list with such fabulous and talented women! Thank you so much! Also really glad to connect with you on Twitter! ~Kathy (@2cre8)

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    Elena Verlee says:

    Holly – it’s an honor to be included (as a work at home woman working in her pajamas LOL). I didn’t know about peer indexing and thank you for introducing me to more fabulous and inspiring women.

    Elena @elenaverlee

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    Anita Campbell says:

    Hi Holly, what a wonderful list of talented women. It’s an honor to be included with so many talented gals. I’m sure it was hard to limit the list to 25 — I can think of many others to be included.

    – Anita

  17. 17

    Excellent list. Thank you so much for sharing these fantastic women :)

  18. 18

    Thank you SO much Holly for including me on this incredible list of women! I’m a HUGE fan of The Work at Home Woman and all that you do! You rock!!


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    Dede says:

    I loved this article and checked mine:) Was a little disappointed as I am only a 44 and not exactly where that ranks lol. Thanks for the article and it gives me something to strive for. Perhaps I will rank high enough for your next Top 25 Pick:)

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    Erika Jones says:

    What a wonderful list, Holly! Congratulations to all of the honorees!

  21. 21
    Ji Hyun Lee says:

    I’d like to include Tory Johnson and Nell Merlino to this list.

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    Donna Maria Coles Johnson says:

    Holly! Thank you so much for including me on this list. Like Anita, I think it must have been quite a challenge to narrow it down (and you should be at the top of it)! Thank you also for sharing the link to the post that inspired you. I admire all of the people listed there as well, and like you, see a need to expand the accepted definition of “entrepreneurial influencer.” Let’s continue working together to do just that! Thank you again for including me!

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    Becky McCray says:

    Holly, thanks for taking time to compile such a terrific list. Silly that women continue to be overlooked when making lists.

    Thank you for including me, and introducing me to many new resources.

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    Scarlet says:

    Great list! I tweeted this @MWYTsocialmedia

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    Kat says:

    Such a fantastic list, I will certainly be looking to follow the work of these wonderful women

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    Sarah says:

    Holly, what a treasure trove. Thank you. I’m following many of them.

    I’d add Sandi Krakowski @sandikrakowski

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    Nikki Pilkington says:

    Thanks for including me, and giving me some more great women to follow :)

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    Jen says:

    Thanks for this list; I love getting new inspirational women to follow. I’d also recommend Tracy Thomas @saucyhorse. I love reading her blog posts and tweets.

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    Noelle says:

    what about Kara Swisher?

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